This project aims to create more residential and development opportunities around Junction 37 of the M1. It also aims to improve access to/from the M1 from Barnsley, relieve congestion in the immediate area and on the southbound exit from the M1 and alleviate air pollution.
Learn more about the project below.
Phase 1: A628 Dodworth Road/Broadway Junction improvement
For some time the council has been exploring options to ease existing congestion and improve air quality along Dodworth Road. We need to find a long-term solution that will provide enough capacity for the current volume of traffic as well as accommodating the future business and housing growth aspirations of Barnsley.
Junction 37 of the M1 is the key route into Barnsley Town Centre. The motorway is the responsibility of Highways England, who could use statutory powers against the council should congestion lead to standing traffic backing up on the motorway, as is predicted without the proposed scheme.
Journey times from M1 Junction 37 into the town centre have almost trebled in less than two decades, from a morning rush hour average of ten minutes in 2000 to around 27 minutes today.
Temporary traffic management
Mid-week and weekend temporary traffic management – Dodworth Road and side roads
- What: Ducting reinstatement for traffic lights cabling to be carried out on Dodworth Road with works crossing over numerous side roads therefore use of temporary traffic lights and pedestrian crossings
- When: Friday 29 April until Saturday 21 May 2022
- Where: Dodworth Road (Shaw Lane - Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May / St. Hilda Avenue and Alma Street - Monday 16 May / Grosvenor Drive - Tuesday 17 May / Dean Street - Saturday 21 May)
- Why: To permanently reinstatement trenches where the ducting for the new traffic lights at PPP has been installed
Temporary traffic management will be in the form of temporary traffic lights or pedestrian crossings and diversions in place with the exception of St. Hilda Avenue although emergency services will have access. The contractor will be sending out letters to residents.
Mid-week temporary traffic management – Dodworth Road gyratory – Horizon College car park entrance - diversion ended
- What: Changes to the Dodworth Road Gyratory will enable vehicles direct access to Horizon College entrance from the Dodworth Road gyratory therefore avoiding the current diversion down to Town End Roundabout and back up Dodworth Road to Horizon College.
- When: Thursday 17 February 2022 onwards
- Where: Dodworth Road Gyratory and Horizon College car park entrance
- Why: The new separate car park entrance and exit to Horizon College will be complete, enabling usage of the Horizon College car park one way system. The exit will be give way, so please proceed with caution.
Please view the temporary traffic plan, the pedestrian and vehicle management plan and pedestrian management plan for further details.
- All safe pedestrian routes are clearly marked.
- All working areas will be securely fenced-off, with signage navigating pedestrians.
- People should use all existing/temporary crossing points at all times. Pedestrians should not cross live highways at any time until safe to do so.
- Pedestrian access will also be available to Horizon College. These routes are clearly marked.
- Footpath access along Dodworth Road will be within the college car park until the new footpath is constructed.
Road layout guidance
From the M1
I want to reach the hospital / Pogmoor from the M1
When you reach the old Broadway crossroads you will need the left hand lane. A filter lane will take you on to Pogmoor Road.
- I want to reach the town centre from the M1
When you reach the old Broadway crossroads you will need the right hand lane. Go around the gyratory moving over to the left hand lane onto the Dodworth Road filter lane and continue down towards town end roundabout.
- I want to reach Horizon College from the M1 (this is only temporary for this phase)
When you reach the old Broadway crossroads you will need the right hand lane. Go around the gyratory and approach the temporary traffic lights. Enter Dodworth Road and immediately take a left turn into the college car park entrance. There is a clockwise one way system with a separate car park exit leading back onto Dodworth Road one way gyratory system.
- I want to reach Broadway from the M1
When you reach the old Broadway crossroads you will need the right hand lane. Go around the gyratory moving over to the right hand lane onto the Dodworth Road filter lane and past Horizon College before turning left onto Broadway.
From the town centre
- I want to reach the M1 from the town centre
If you want to travel to the M1, stay in the left hand lane all the way up Dodworth Road to the M1.
- I want to reach Horizon College from the town centre
If you want to travel to Horizon College, stay in the left hand lane all the way up Dodworth Road before turning left in to Horizon College.
- I want to reach the hospital / Pogmoor from the town centre
If you want to travel to Pogmoor Road, there is a filter lane onto the gyratory opposite the Horizon College entrance, you will need the left hand lane for a short time before exiting the gyratory onto Pogmoor Road.
- I want to reach Broadway from the town centre
If you want to travel to Broadway, stay in the left hand lane on Dodworth Road and turn left on to Broadway.
- I want to reach the M1 from Broadway
If you want to travel to the M1 from Broadway you will need the left hand lane at the Broadway junction.
- I want to reach the hospital / Pogmoor from Broadway
If you want to travel to the hospital / Pogmoor Road from Broadway, you will need the right hand lane at the Broadway junction. This lane will take you onto the gyratory where you will then need the left hand lane where a filter lane will take you on to Pogmoor Road.
- I want to reach Horizon College from Broadway
If you want to travel to Horizon College from Broadway you will need to be in the right hand lane at the Broadway junction. You will join and go around the gyratory and approach the temporary traffic lights. Enter Dodworth Road and immediately take a left turn into the college car park entrance. There is now a clockwise one way system with a separate car park exit leading back onto the Dodworth Road one way gyratory system.
- I want to reach the town centre from Broadway
If you want to travel to the town centre from Broadway you need to be in the right hand lane at the Broadway junction. You will drive onto the gyratory and move over into the left hand lane onto the Dodworth Road filter lane and continue down towards town end roundabout.
How do I exit Horizon College?
From Horizon college there is no right turn to the town centre and you are reliant on other drivers giving way.
- If you want to reach the M1, you need to turn left and stay in the left hand lane.
- If you want to reach Broadway, you need to turn left and stay in the left hand lane, then turn left onto Broadway.
- If you want to reach Pogmoor Road, you need to turn left onto Dodworth Road, then move over onto the gyratory and stay in the left hand lane moving into the Pogmoor Road filter lane.
- If you want to get to the town centre, you need to turn left onto Dodworth Road, then move over onto the gyratory before moving into the right hand lane on the Dodworth Road filter lane and continuing down towards town end roundabout.
Temporary bus stops
A temporary bus stop has been located in place of the permanent three bay shelter bus stop opposite Horizon on Dodworth Road (inbound to the Town Centre) due to the permanent shelter being demolished this will remain in place until Friday 16 July.
From Saturday 18 July the temporary bus stop will be moved to outside the property of no. 245 Dodworth Road (further towards the Town Centre) for inbound journeys towards the Town Centre.
The permanent bus stop is to be removed as part of the A628 Dodworth Road Gyratory Improvement Scheme.
The temporary bus stop is likely to be in place for approximately 5 months (November 2021).
A permanent bus stop will be confirmed once a consultation has been undertaken and finalised.
Noise insulation scheme
Please find below an electronic version of the noise insulation letter, scheme details and scheme specifications that have been sent to potentially affected residents.
Frequently asked questions and updated plans
- Frequently asked questions - January 2022
- Civils contractor leaflet - April 2021
- Frequently asked questions - January 2021
- Frequently asked questions - December 2020
- Frequently asked questions - September 2020
- Frequently asked questions - June 2020
- Frequently asked questions - March 2020
- Frequently asked questions
- Images of proposed new tree species for Penny Pie Park
- Penny Pie Park whole park layout
- Detailed scheme tree layout
The delivery of any highway improvement scheme will impact on the road users during construction. However, once completed, the scheme will:
- reduce congestion and queue lengths
- improve safety in the vicinity of Horizon Community College
- improve cycling and walking routes in the vicinity
Once the gyratory is fully operational, 14 toucan (pedestrian and cycle) signalised crossing points will be in operation as opposed to the original five controlled, and one uncontrolled crossing. The new Toucan crossings will be synchronised with all the traffic lights including the signals at M1 J37 to ensure the flow of traffic is running as efficient as possible.
Please see the plan of the permanent pedestrian crossing locations once the gyratory is completed.
From the M1, traffic will take a left turn on a one-way road, adding length to the route. This will help traffic to flow freely and therefore reduce queuing times on Dodworth Road.
Whilst having a positive effect on the traffic flow and access to Barnsley, it is recognised that the proposed Dodworth Road highway scheme significantly encroaches into the area known as Penny Pie Park. This would occur with each of the potential options assessed, but in contrast, unlike some of the alternative options, it does not result in the acquisition and demolition of any residential properties.
Proposals to mitigate the impact on Penny Pie Park
A green space appraisal has been carried out to address and compensate for the impact of the proposed scheme on the green space known as Penny Pie Park. The proposal is to enhance the facilities on offer and create a high-quality, functional and attractive environment for the neighbourhood area:
- The existing play area, multi-use games area and outdoor gym facility will be retained and relocated in the vicinity known as Penny Pie Park, with new footpaths.
- Pogmoor recreation ground will benefit from improved pedestrian access with provision of footpath, benches and dog fouling bins.
- Upgrading of Sugden’s recreation ground on Stocks Lane will be upgraded from an EPA to a NEAP, which has a wider catchment area of 1000m, as oppose to 400m and has additional 5 new pieces of equipment from 3 to 8 equipment pieces.
‘Embrace’ the children’s hospital air ambulance charity, is considering new locations to relocate to, however permission will still be retained to land if necessary.
A628 Dodworth Road gyratory and Pogmoor footbridge planning application and further information
The proposed scheme is subject to the usual planning consultation:
- Application no. - 2018/0965
- Description - Signalised gyratory roundabout with improvements to the existing Dodworth Road/Broadway/Pogmoor Road junction and re-configuration of park.
- Location: Penny Pie Park, Dodworth Road/Pogmoor Road, Barnsley
- View planning application no. 2018/0965
- Application no. – 2020/1038
- Description - Provision of new foot and cycle bridge over the existing Barnsley to Huddersfield rail line linking Penny Pie Park to Pogmoor recreation ground and associated new footways.
- Location: Penny Pie Park, Dodworth Road, Barnsley
- View planning application no. 2020/1038
Public notices for proposed easement of public open space
Cabinet papers and appendices
- A628 Dodworth Road/Broadway junction improvement approved cabinet report
- Appropriation of land at Penny Pie Park for highway purposes approved report
(Cab.10.07.2019/4) approved at Scrutiny Committee 24.07.2019
- Proposed new foot and cycle bridge
- Award of A628 Dodworth Road/Broadway junction main civil works contract
HBPW Ltd along with Central Alliance will be drilling two additional bore holes from Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 March at the request of Network Rail.
Both bore holes are located to the north east of Penny Pie Park.
Appropriation of land application - change of land use at Penny Pie Park
Side road orders
- Notice of making the order for M1 J37 scheme
- Statement of reasons for the order for M1 J37 scheme
- The sealed side roads order for M1 J37 scheme
- The sealed side roads order plan for M1 J37 scheme
Phase 2: Claycliffe
Barnsley Council have been awarded a £10.63 million Local Government Fund (LGF) to contribute to the delivery of new and improved highway infrastructure works - subject to planning approval, in the vicinity of M1 Junction 37 (Claycliffe). Barnsley Council’s Cabinet gave the authority to enter into negotiations with Sheffield City Region on 5 February 2020 regarding the acceptance of the LGF grant funding.
The significant funding will improve and widen Capitol Close/Higham Lane, make improvements to the Chestnut Tree roundabout and provide new access into MU1 (Barnsley West), a mixed use employment and housing site allocated as part of Barnsley’s Local Plan.
The Masterplan Framework for MU1 (Barnsley West), was adopted by Full Council on 19 December 2019, following a community consultation exercise, supporting the delivery of more than 3500 new jobs in the area, 1700 new homes, plus public open space and a new primary school.
Initial planning applications submitted for the highway improvements to facilitate this development can be viewed via the planning portal.